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ONR award ceremony recognizes achievements and service of 4 Navy employees
Date:7/19/2011

ARLINGTON, Va.The Office of Naval Research (ONR) honored four employees who have helped shape the future of the Navy and Marine Corps' science and technology efforts with its highest awards during a ceremony at ONR headquarters July 19.

"These civilian Navy employees have invested a significant amount of personal and professional equity to ensure their work advances America's national security," said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Nevin Carr, who presented the awards to the recipients. "It is fitting that we take a moment to thank them for their achievements and years of service to our nation."

The highest scientific accolade conferred on a naval research scientist by ONR, the Dr. Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science, was presented to veteran researcher Dr. Bernard Douda, senior scientist for pyrotechnics at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane, Ind.

Over the span of a nearly 60-year career, Douda has been a pioneer in the field of pyrotechnics. His contributions to the field of pyrotechnics and military flare countermeasures have helped protect warfighters for the past three decades. The Saalfeld Award consists of a plaque, a certificate and a financial gift.

William Coleman, a mechanical engineer at NSWC, Carderock, Md., was honored with the Vice Adm. Harold G. Bowen Award for Patented Inventions, which recognizes a patent that has had a significant impact on naval operations.

Coleman developed an insert for an antenna to prevent jamming during deployment. His invention, patented as the "Antenna Transfer Assembly With Jam Preventing Insert," will support 74 Navy submarines. Over the lifetime of the equipment, the device may save the Department of the Navy an estimated $16.7 million.

The Bowen Award commemorates the first chief of naval research, who was responsible not only for establishing a patent system within the Navy but also for creating the Office
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Contact: Peter Vietti
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703-696-5031
Office of Naval Research
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